[OSX86] Catalina Issues

Current Status of Catalina 10.15.3: 

  • h264 hardware acceleration: weird or buggy (Symptom: Avidemux can’t scan timestamps in transport streams)
  • mp4 system integration: buggy (Symptom: in certain cases mp4 encapulsated x264 videos cannot be opened within Ableton Live 10.x)
  • Finder: weird or buggy (Symptoms: apps can’t be closed and remain open in Finder, no matter what, shutdown only via terminal then)
  • SMB-Sharing: SMB1 support dropped (Symptoms: you can’t connect to your Fritz.box NAS anymore)
  • Specific drivers: not [yet?] available (Symptoms: Novation Nocturne just doesn’t work at all anymore)

My recommendation: stay with Mojave a little longer, Catalina is immature. I am going back to a working macOS now and do a full restore of my properly working Mojave from mid feb 2020. Estimated restoration time for 1TB SSD: 90mins.

In case you really wanna go Catalina and burn your own fingers, let me recommend you to perform a full backup of your Mojave installation [overnight]. Depending on the disk size, this can take a cpl of hours. Carbon Copy Cloner is your tool of choice in this case…

[OSX86] Setting up an iHackintosh 18,3

So ten years are over. In order to use latest music production tools (Ableton 10, Reason 11 and Cubase 10) I had to upgrade my old hackintosh and set up a new one. Luckily the community and the technology has made so much progress in the meantime that lots of adaptations required to get a hackintosh to work in vanilla mode ten years ago are just not necessary anymore. For instance, nowadays UEFI has become standard on motherboards. Back then, you had to build a pseudo Apple EFI 1.x emulation on top of the BIOS. That has become a lot easier and me likey mucho.

Ok, so much for the history lessons, let’s make a long story short. After reading mainly here, here and there I set up my system with the following configuration (yes this article is a refreshed version of my older post over at TonyMacX86)…

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[Bitwig] EDU License Now Available

The Bitwig Studio EDU License is now available to students, faculty, staff, and administrators attending or working at an accredited educational facility or institution. Eventually there is a cost effective solution for purchasing BITWIG STUDIO.

The Bitwig Studio EDU License is available from selected distributors worldwide and online from Bitwig’s webshop.

To find out more about Bitwig Studio EDU license eligibility requirements, please visit Bitwig’s FAQ Section.

Bitwig Studio EDU Pricing
269.99 USD
209 EUR (incl. German VAT of 19%)
169.99 GBP (incl. UK VAT of 20%)

Educational Site Licenses are also now available upon request. For Site Licenses contact Bitwig via edu@bitwig.com

[Muzaq] Marvin K. (2014) – World Cup Tunar >> Free MP3 Download

Mastered at the Incomplete Muzaq Studio… Enjoy…


[Muzaq] BlueCatAudio’s Free Frequency Analyzer Plugin

Are you searching for a Frequency Analyzer Plugin? You may check Blue Cat Audio’s handy freeware plugin…

Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst is a free spectrum analyzer plug-in that lets you monitor the spectral content of your audio signal in real time.

Free multiplatform download and many more details here


[Science] Live Stream of the Earth captured from the ISS

This is really impressive: the NASA has attached High-Definition videocameras to the International Space Station (ISS). The live stream is available 24/7…

Live streaming video by Ustream

via: IFuckingLoveScience

[Plugins] Elysia MPressor On Sale For $79…


And another one… this time the award-winning Elysia MPressor Plugin for $79 instead of $199… use this voucher “elympr4049” until may, 31st. This is even cheaper than their regular promotions

A 14 day trial version is available aswell. Read more »

[Muzaq] Waves L3-16 Multimaximizer On Sale

Like many plugin developers, also Waves frequently does special sale offers. Of course we don’t need all of their plugins, but some of them are really good ones. We are still in love with th Waves API emulations, the Waves Q10 or the Waves TransX.

Sadly Waves is kinda expensive normally for all of us highly motivated, but still poor producer-nerds… but Waves frequently does specials. With these specials they offer entire packages for several thousands of dollars (muahaha…), and even single plugins go down to a third of the official price. And if you know what you really need, this comes handy bigtime. We highly recommend to bookmark their specials: http://www.waves.com/specials.

This month they got the Waves L3-16 Multimaximizer on sale for 200US$ (instead of 550US$). Which is a really fair, if you ask us. But even better is: Plugin-Discounts got this offer even cheaper. You sadly need to register for a free account on their site and check their prices yourself, since we are not allowed to post their prices to public. But we can assure you, you will most likely not find it cheaper anywhere else… Read more »

[Bitwig] MORE Video Introduction Tutorials into Bitwig Studio…

bitwig-logo-screen2Yesterday, we posted Dubspot’s video introduction into Bitwig Studio, now we found some more tutorials going more into detail. The guys from Sonic Academy do a nice job in explaining how to do things in Bitwig… They prepped seven videos for us (about 02:30h in total)… Check them out here: Read more »

[Muzaq] Roland Aira TR8 vs. Roland TR808

Berlin based producer Alexander Krüger aka Dub Taylor aka Tigerskin aka Korsakow put his diligent fingers on the just released Roland Aira TR8. As he also got a MIDI’fied original 808, his comparison is kinda helpful for all ppl considering this device as a much cheaper alternative.

The video has not been shot with professional equipment, but with a consumer iPhone. Alex’ is music producer, not a video artist. And yes, we know the soundquality of an iPhone video ain’t outstanding, but it is definitely sufficient to get a basic understanding of what is soundwise close to the original and what is not.

Check Alex’ short comparison after the break – exclusively ;-) Read more »